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We're learning more about the Jayme Closs kidnapping and murder of parents. Here's what we know now

Posted at 5:26 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 22:35:59-05

The TODAY'S TMJ4 news team is going through new investigative documents related to the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and murder of her parents in Barron County.

The 13-year-old was kidnapped from her home after her parents were brutally murdered by then 21-year-old Jake Patterson on October 15, 2018.

The records include the Division of Criminal Investigation report that includes 660 pages of investigations ranging from the autopsy of Closs' parents, evidence retrieved from the home and an interview with Jayme, amongst 75 other case files. Additionally, Barron and Douglas Counties have released their files. Body camera and audio footage has also been released.

Patterson said he went to the house two or three times before the kidnapping and double murder.

Patterson said he made Jayme's mother tape her mouth shut before he killed her.

Patterson said the shotgun that he used in the double murder was his own father's and that he stole it.

We have also learned that only one neighbor told investigators they heard the gunshots at the time of the murder. They did not call 911.

While Patterson held Jayme captive, they watched TV together, played board games, and even played catch and badminton outside when it was warm out.

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Patterson said he left Jayme under the bed as he went to his grandparents place in Superior.

Patterson told investigators he let Jayme write a letter to her aunt, but they couldn't leave the cabin after a snowstorm.

The deputy, who had Jayme in his car at the time, passed Patterson as he was driving by. The deputy called it in, and Patterson was taken into custody.

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The TODAY'S TMJ4 team is still going through these newly released documents. Stay with TODAY'S TMJ4 as we continue to gather more information.